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Chris Heinz

Chris Heinz helps people to see themselves and soar. He's a trainer and coach around strengths, the Enneagram, and employee engagement. Chris is the Chief People Officer for EnergyCAP, Inc., and a top-rated Learning Partner for Penn State. He holds coaching certifications from Gallup and the International Coach Federation, and is currently getting certified in the Enneagram. Chris' writing has been featured as "Best of the Week" by "Human Resources Today." He’s also the author of the “Made To Pray” book and prayer assessment, which helps people find their prayer strengths. He lives with his wife and three children in central PA. He blogs from www.ChrisHeinz.com.
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Five Core Needs of All of Us

Jun 14, 2019 8:59:53 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Self-Awareness

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Sometimes you find remarkable insight in places you didn’t expect. With a teenager in the family and two on deck, I’m reading a book called, Screens and Teens by Dr. Kathy Koch. As you can guess, the book is about technology and teenagers. It's full of great ideas, but I didn’t expect it to be so relevant to adult life and work.

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10 Hot Topics for Strengths Coaching

May 22, 2019 11:04:09 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness

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Sometimes I get asked what happens in a strengths coaching session (or a strengths debrief as it’s also called). The short answer is it depends on what the client wants to get out of it. I don’t approach a session with my own agenda; as a coach, I want to follow the client’s agenda.

But if a client has never been to a coaching session, they may not know the possibilities. That’s when I like to offer options so the client can choose what will be most valuable. The subject is strengths, but there are so many topics we could cover.

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Only You Can Be You

Apr 30, 2019 9:45:47 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness

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My daughter is nearing the age of 16, which reminded me of my driving test when I was 16. I failed it twice. One reason I failed it the first time—and I say “one reason” because I’m sure there were other reasons—was because I didn’t use the turn signal enough.

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Four Ways to Create the Right Environment for Your Talents and Strengths

Apr 4, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness

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Last week, I said that employee engagement is the responsibility of the organization, managers, and employees. Employees ought to know what personally drives them to feel engaged, what factors cause them to give their discretionary best. If something is amiss at work, they can explore what’s missing. The same goes for talents and strengths.

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3 Myths of Employee Engagement

Mar 26, 2019 8:39:02 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement

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The other day I was coaching a supervisor whose team members weren’t as engaged as she wanted them to be. We talked about the reasons for that and brainstormed possible solutions. After coming up with five or six possibilities, she highlighted two that seemed doable for her, and decided to try them. I’m looking forward to hearing the results.

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How the 34 Strengths Choose A Baby Name

Mar 12, 2019 10:58:37 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths

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Several of my friends are preparing to have babies. That made me wonder how people with different strengths might choose a baby name. We considered the same thing with Disney World, so we thought we’d do the same with baby names.

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Deeper into Strengths and Motivation

Feb 28, 2019 1:24:10 PM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness, Enneagram

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Last week I wrote about talent development. I love helping folks find their talents—and then growing them into strengths. I mean, I really love it. I’m leading two strengths events this week and have ten booked so far this Spring. However, now that I’ve worked in the realm of strengths for a few years, I’ve identified a missing piece.

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The Missing Piece of Talent Development

Feb 20, 2019 6:40:13 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness, Enneagram

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As a strengths trainer and coach, I help folks to understand their talented behaviors so they can make the most of them. It’s exciting to see people come alive to their talents and apply them to relationships, work, and life.

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How the 34 Strengths Do Disney World

Feb 5, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths

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My friend recently took his family to Disney World®. Knowing his strengths, I got to thinking about how he "does" Disney, and how might someone else with different strengths do Disney differently? In this post, we consider how the 34 strengths might behave in the Magic Kingdom®.

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Hey Manager, How's Your Self-Awareness?

Jan 30, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement, Coaching

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Gallup has a book coming out in May that discusses the most significant factor in an organization’s long-term success. What is it? It’s the manager, and the “research is based on the largest global study of the future of work.”

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